About Dental Implants

A dental implant is a metal device placed in the jaw which performs the job of a natural tooth’s roots, anchoring a denture in place. Dental implants are placed into the bone or onto the bone using a metal support; both procedures require surgery. Any patient opting to receive dental implants must be made aware of the procedures involved, any risks, and the after care that follows.

The implants themselves are usually made from high grade titanium, or a suitable alloy. Their shape forms the base into which prostheses are screwed. They normally have a rough surface to aid in the fusion of bone to the implant.

Initially, an assessment by a dentist must be performed to decide if implants are suitable for a patient. This will also identify if any other procedures are necessary for an implant to be a success, such as a bone graft. Sometimes CT scans are used to help a dentist decide if there is enough surrounding bone for an implant to be placed.

Once the decision to go ahead with fixing implants has been made, a hole must be drilled into the bone for the implant to be placed into. After insertion, the implant integrates into the bone, providing a stable support into which the dental prosthesis can be placed.

The nature of the prosthesis itself will have been decided during the assessment; it could be a crown, bridges or dentures and could be made from a range of materials. Whatever the new prosthesis is made from however, it will require after care; a good oral health routine needs to be followed to keep all of the mouth healthy.